Mitigating our impact
We operate a large and diverse business which makes a huge contribution to our economy. We also generate significant activity which can impact others, particularly with regards to noise.
In our early years, we were physically separated from Christchurch, but city expansion and earthquake relocations have resulted in us having more immediate neighbours. Our responsibility and intention is to engage and collaborate with all stakeholders, especially residents and businesses close to the airport, so we can continue to grow without creating unreasonable impact.
Where does noise come from?
Noise at the airport is a result of airline operations, ground support activities (engine maintenance, re-fuelling, baggage loading/unloading and re-provisioning of aircraft), airfield maintenance and site development. The extent to which noise affects the community depends on a wide range of factors including timing of operations, aircraft type, air space management, proximity of noise sensitive activities and prevailing weather conditions.
Christchurch Airport is required to operate 24 hours a day to support the economy of the region and New Zealand. We put great care into the development of effective noise management plans in consultation with the community, so we can operate as required while mitigating the impact of noise.
View our daily engine test noise monitoring reports here.
Aircraft noise at Christchurch Airport is controlled by a Noise Boundary (at a noise level of 65 dBA Ldn). Noise from aircraft operations for the three busiest months of any year must not exceed 65 dBA Ldn outside the Noise Boundary. Each year this requirement is checked and the results reported. Please refer to the annual noise monitoring reports below to learn more.
Noise Management Plan
We have a Noise Management Plan in place, which sets out the procedures for assessing and reporting compliance with the Noise Boundary and formalises the engine testing bylaw.
2021 Noise Contour Review (for review by Environment Canterbury’s independent expert panel)
Air Noise Contours are the key which unlocks Christchurch Airport’s ability to operate now and into the future. Noise contours identify areas around the airport exposed to aircraft noise which may impact long term amenity of these areas. The same noise contours define the footprint the airport must operate within.
Noise contours are Environment Canterbury’s spatial planning tool, so every decade the regional council asks us to remodel them. We have done that, so you can view the report and learn about the process here.
Reporting noise complaints
As a result of consultation with local residents, we have a process in place for reporting, recording and responding to noise complaints. You can use the noise complaint feedback form or contact us 24 hours a day on +64 3 353 7700.
We’re about to get new facts about the changing shape of our city, thanks to an aerial survey being conducted over the next six to eight weeks. You may see a couple of small aircraft flying overhead, while Landpro conducts its work on behalf of Environment Canterbury (ECan) and Christchurch City Council. The flights will be weather permitting, but in the right conditions will be conducted between 7am to 9pm. You can find more information here or view the areas included in the survey here (click ‘Add data’ and search for layers ‘Contracted LiDAR’ and ‘Contracted Imagery’).
Airport Noise Liaison Committee
In accord with the Christchurch Replacement District Plan from March 2017, we have established an Airport Noise Liaison Committee (ANLC) made up of:
- A Chairperson
- Two representatives from Christchurch Airport
- Two representatives from the Board of Airline Representatives
- An Environmental Health Officer from Christchurch City Council
- At least two representatives from the Christchurch City Council Community Boards
- A representative from the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust.
The ANLC meet every three to six months to advise on the Airport Noise Management Plan and Acoustic Treatment Programme. It also provides a channel for community concerns regarding noise from aircraft operations and engine testing.
ANLC meetings are closed to the public unless an audience is formally requested. To request an audience with the Committee, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Attention Airport Noise’ in the subject line. Please be sure to clearly outline your concern and include any relevant information. If you don’t want to present your case in person, state this in your email and include contact details for a response to be sent to. You can view a summary of all previous meetings here.
Every year Christchurch Airport is required to provide an annual report to Christchurch City Council, including the ANLC members and a summary of the matters considered by the Committee.
Acoustic Treatment Programme (ATP)
Some dwellings near the airport are exposed to elevated levels of noise from aircraft activities which warrant mitigation under the Christchurch District Plan. We have recently developed and started implementing the ATP to address these issues.
Our noise priorities
Guarding airport operations
- Ensuring proactive communication
- Providing accurate aircraft noise information
- Providing noise abatement for large developments.
Protecting community health
- Operating in accordance with the Noise Management Plan
- Communicating and encouraging aviation operators to follow the Noise Management Plan
- Implementing the Acoustic Treatment Programme.
Noise Management Plans
- 2019 Noise Management Plan [PDF 1.6 MB]
- 2014 Noise Management Plan [PDF 324.5 KB]
- 2014 Noise Manangement Plan Appendices [PDF 8.5 MB]
Noise monitoring reports
- 2022 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 3.2 MB]
- 2022 Noise Monitoring Brochure [PDF 5.7 MB]
- 2022 Airport Noise Liaison Committee Annual Report [PDF 502.4 KB]
- 2021 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 3.2 MB]
- 2021 Airport Noise Liaison Committee Annual Report [PDF 550.2 KB]
- 2020 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 4.7 MB]
- 2020 Airport Noise Liaison Committee Annual Report [PDF 738.9 KB]
- 2019 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 14.8 MB]
- 2019 Airport Noise Liaison Committee Annual Report [PDF 550.4 KB]
- 2018 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 3.1 MB]
- 2018 Airport Noise Liaison Committee Annual Report [PDF 501.9 KB]
- 2017 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 4.4 MB]
- 2017 Airport Noise Liaison Committee Annual Report [PDF 617.0 KB]
- 2016 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 3.4 MB]
- 2015 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 7.0 MB]
- 2014 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 7.0 MB]
- 2013 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 1.3 MB]
- 2012 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 1.3 MB]
- 2011 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 1.5 MB]
- 2009 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 664.3 KB]
- 2008 Noise Monitoring Report [PDF 1.9 MB]
- Christchurch Airport Noise Contour Map [PDF 1.6 MB]
- Night Flying at the Canterbury Aero Club [PDF 195.4 KB]
- PBN Flight Paths Trial - Final Report [PDF 1.2 MB]